Interested in laminate flooring? These tips will prepare you for what to expect before, during and after installation — whether you plan to hire a Professional or do it yourself.
Before You Buy
Know your installation options.
All Armstrong Flooring laminate products feature our interlocking flooring solution, Lock&Fold® technology. You simply insert the long end of one plank into another, then fold into place. No glue or nails are required.
Create an accurate budget.
Don't forget to account for things like removal and disposal of your old floor, subfloor repairs, additional tools and materials, and even the cost of moving furniture when budgeting for your project.
Decide whether to DIY or bring in a Professional.
If you are an advanced DIYer or already know how to install laminate flooring, you may feel confident taking on the installation yourself — especially a flooring project in a small space like a bathroom or laundry room. Though our Lock&Fold technology makes installing laminate flooring both fast and easy, you may find a professional installation more appealing for peace of mind and guaranteed results.
Read the installation instructions.
Carefully review the detailed instructions for your flooring to learn what you'll need and what to expect. Do this well in advance. The instructions will also contain precautionary statements regarding certain types of existing flooring and specific preparation requirements if your's is a remodel project.
Prepare the room.
Clear out furniture. Remove and dispose of old flooring if necessary. Gently remove any wall base, millwork or trim that you'd like to reuse.
Prepare the subfloor.
Be sure the floor you're laying over is dry, clean and flat. If repairs are needed, make those before starting the installation.
Gather additional materials and tools.
Your list could include underlayment, spacers, flooring glue (for full bathroom and high-moisture installs), a utility knife and other tools. Check your installation instructions for specifics.
Acclimate flooring according to instructions, if necessary.
Acclimation gives the flooring time to adjust to the environment of the room where it will be installed. Although most laminate flooring does not require acclimation, we do advise that you store the new flooring within the same temperature range of the room where it's being installed. Refer to your installation instructions for ideal temperatures and humidity levels.
Depending on the type of laminate floor you’ve chosen, installation instructions will vary. Read every step of the ones provided with your product.
They outline important details and special considerations that might not be obvious, except to an experienced professional, including: subfloor and underlayment requirements, preparing trim, and establishing a starting point.
Once your new floors are in place, clear tools and materials from the area and clean the floor with the recommended cleaner for laminate floors.